DEONTAY WILDER reckons Tyson Fury could have demanded a mind-boggling £155million contract from Top Rank if he won their rematch before signing with the promotion – but now predicts they won’t even fight.
WBC king Wilder, 34, is set for a second clash with the Gyspy King in February, after the pair fought to a thrilling draw last December.
Fury, 31, beat Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin in tuneup bouts to enhance his Stateside profile, while his American rival prepares to go up against Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz for a second time.
As Wilder gears up for his next defence on November 23, the Gypsy King has made a crossover to the WWE where he faces 6ft 8in giant Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia.
The Bronze Bomber was not shocked by the pro wrestling move, claiming it gives Fury the perfect chance to fake an injury, and avoid their rematch.
He told SunSport exclusively: “I’m not surprised he got into WWE.
“We’d been saying this a long time ago that he’s gonna try it, he’s been making excuses about the rematch.
“Now he’s got into the WWE, he’s gonna get ‘injured’ make up excuses and lo and behold we already hearing about he sprained his ankle.
“But yeah he’s messing around with those big guys, but I do not want to hear no excuses, none, no excuses.”
Fury’s sudden WWE cameo fuelled rumours the Brit will use the crossover to promote his title rematch, while reportedly being paid £12m by wrestling boss Vince McMahon.
However, Wilder, who has turned his hand to acting in an episode of Magnum PI, is scepital of the sum the WWE are paying his rival.
Just like he was after figures of Fury’s reported $100m (£77m) ESPN deal were revealed.
The WBC champion said: “I wish everyone well, especially fighters. We work so hard and put our lives on the line so whatever outside of boxing come to us I’m happy for everyone.
“I’m into acting, my thing is acting. I’ve been doing my thing, super busy, I got a lot of acting stuff, movies, a lot of s*** presented to me.
“But I’ve been hearing some bits about the WWE. You know, some of the stuff I just don’t believe – like the $15million.
“Why would they give that to a guy that can’t even sell out Vegas? In his first fight he sold 1,500, and the second he sold 3,500 tickets the rest he gave away, why would they give someone $15m after that?
Wilder on Fury's reported £12m WWE deal
“I just can’t see them giving Fury $15m for what is a guest appearance, when the highest paid I believe is Brock Lesnar on $12m.
“Why would they give that to a guy that can’t even sell out Vegas?
“In his first fight he sold 1,500 tickets, and the second he sold 3,500 tickets the rest he gave away, why would they give someone $15m after that?
“It’s just like the ESPN deal, that was a lie.
“He was never getting $100m, even his promoter Bob Arum came out and said that’s not true, if everything goes perfect then maybe he get a $100m.
“A lot of it is smoking mirrors and clout chasing.”
After Wilder and Fury boxed to a split-decision draw in Los Angeles, a second fight was demanded as soon as the result was called – which looked set to happen in early 2019.
But at the last minute Fury signed with US promotion Top Rank, who then demanded the Wilder rematch be backdated to let the Brit have two Stateside bouts to enhance his foreign profile.
Though The Bronze Bomber reckons his rival only took the contract to escape an immediate rematch.
He questions why Fury, who claims to have won the initial fight by eight rounds, did not attempt to win the rematch first, and then demand double the signing fee from Top Rank.
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Wilder said: “At first he blamed it on the ESPN deal, but my theory is, you say you beat me easily the first time, 10-2, that’s pretty God damn’ easy, so if you get a rematch it’s going to be easier?
“So if they ‘Give you a $100m’ imagine you beat the king and become a champion, boy you going to be worth $200m.
“And then you sign that deal with them, but if you want to cop out the rematch of course you go with the deal, avoid the rematch.”